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Buffalo at the Crossroads: The Past, Present, and Future of American Urbanism

Peter H. Christensen


This book is a diverse set of twelve cutting-edge chapters that highlight the outsized importance of Buffalo, New York, within the story of American urbanism. The chapters consider the history of Buffalo's built environment in light of contemporary developments and in relationship to the evolving interplay between nature, industry, and architecture. The chapters examine Buffalo's architectural heritage in rich context: the Second Industrial Revolution; the City Beautiful movement; world's fairs; grain, railroad, and shipping industries; urban renewal and so-called white flight; and the larger ... More

Keywords: Buffalo, American urbanism, built environment, architectural heritage, Second Industrial Revolution, City Beautiful movement, railroad industry, shipping industry, urban renewal, white flight

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501749766
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501749766.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter H. Christensen, editor
University of Rochester

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Peter H. Christensen

Part I Buffalo as Territory

Part II Buffalo as Utopia

Part III Buffalo as Experiment

Chapter 10 Lake Effect

A. Joan Saab

Part IV Buffalo as Palimpsest

Chapter 12 Cropping the View

Hadas A. Steiner


Peter H. Christensen